Tag: Covid-19 outbreak

SG’s Ambassador to US responds to Washington Post article on Covid-19 outbreak among migrant workers

Singapore—On April 22, the Washington Post published an article entitled “Singapore lost control of its coronavirus outbreak, and migrant workers are the victims,” which painted a stark picture of what life is like for the country’s migrant workers, especially in the construction sector. The workers’...

You have to wait a little longer for your McDonald’s burger!

Singapore — Fast-food giant McDonald’s announced on Thursday (April 30) that it is staying closed beyond May 5, the date its stores were scheduled to reopen. In a Facebook post from the brand’s Singapore operations, it said it would see customers "soon, just not...

Malaysian Romeo & Juliet try to beat MCO, end up in high-speed chase with police

Alor Gajah—Love is challenging at any time, but love in the time of corona(virus) poses challenges no one has ever dreamed of. A young Malaysian couple attempted to flout the country’s MCO (Movement Control Order) with a clandestine meeting at night, which caused a “Fast...

Why ‘Work From Home’ isn’t the dream we all thought it would be

Singapore—On paper, it sounds ideal, doesn’t it? Working from home means being productive and continuing to earn a salary without having to step outside the comfort of your home, or bathing, or taking off your pyjamas, or brushing your teeth or putting on deodorant....

Tommy Koh: The way Singapore treats its foreign workers is not First World but Third World

 Singapore—Retired diplomat Tommy Koh, who made some irate last year with the comment that ‘Singapore is a first world nation with third world citizens,’ has used the same words to describe how Singapore treats the country’s migrant workers. On his Facebook page on Monday morning...

Healthcare workers in Australia get 3 months free phone service from local telco

As part of the recognition for the life-saving work during the current coronavirus pandemic, Australian telecommunications company Optus is offering doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers free phone services for three months. The telco, which is the second-largest in the country, launched the initiative to...

Wife of Bangladeshi worker with Covid-19 gives birth to baby boy while he remains in critical condition

Singapore—The patient identified as Case 42 in Singapore, a Bangladeshi worker who first showed signs of Covid-19 more than two months ago, is still in critical condition. His wife gave birth to a baby boy on Tuesday, March 31, but he has yet to...

Most Malaysian workers properly housed, so Singapore discontinuing S$50 support

Singapore — Although Malaysia has extended its Movement Control Order (MCO), effectively a lockdown, for two weeks from April 1 to 14, Singapore will not be continuing with its scheme of extending assistance to employers with regard to housing for Malaysian workers. The Government gave...

The 2021 Tokyo Olympics could be a triumph for humanity

Some of the original opinions expressed in this article can be attributed to Brad Glosserman, deputy director of the Center for Rule Making Strategies at Tama University, who contributes to The Japan Times. It came as a shock to many that Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waited until only last...

The struggle with social distancing and lockdown rules: why some people just won’t comply

Some of the original opinions and research in this article can be attributed to Scott Andrew of CNN. The COVID-19 pandemic has torn through the world like a hurricane, throwing governments, systems and lives into great disarray. Humans the world over are being told to...